How to give my cat away nicely
June 28, 2010 3:41 PM Subscribe
"Its me or the cat". How do I get rid of my cat. Nicely.
posted by daveyt to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Long story, short as poss. I have a cat, she was a feral farm cat, over time she has calmed down. Now she is about 5 1/2. She's never been overly friendly to anyone but me. She'll generally avoid visitors, but attack (scratch) people who give her too much attention (stroking will do it). 99.9% of the time she is docile.
I moved in with my other half 3 years ago, me and the cat were a package deal and my other half has been awesome, despite them not really liking each other, and the endless, endless cat crap in the garden is utterly demoralising. My other half has put up with it all.
14 months ago we had a baby, and the cat has never been impressed. Junior is besotted and loves to poke the cat or try and chew her tail and this results in scratching and blood and a lot of crying. We've tried lots of things for everything and finally, theres an ultimatum. The cat has to go.
She's a tabby, feral as I said, fantastic health, very fit, and everyone says - very pretty as far as cats go. I dont think local shelters will take her, I wouldnt want a family with children to have her, I'm not really sure what to do. She's very independant, we go away on holidays and get a once-a-day call in for her and she barely knows we've gone. She's very low maintenance.
I'm in the UK, would appreciate some local advice. I asked my vet who is an old guy and he lectured me about responsibility etc. I understand, and the shelters are charities and really dont need more animals.
And as I know there are people out there who get all fundy about animals and that, she's been well looked after, but my wife and child come first. The cat doesnt get the attention she deserves anymore and if my baby is seriously hurt, thats going to be bad for everyone. I really want my cat to go to a home where she will be happier.